Skip to comments.Senate candidate Thom Tillis' first campaign draws new scrutiny from some conservatives (NC)
Posted on 03/06/2014 5:22:30 AM PST by cotton1706
More than a decade ago, a push for a mountain bike trail in his hometown of Cornelius led Thom Tillis to politics, first leading him to serve on a park board and then a year later on the town commission.
The Republican is returning to the story of his political roots as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate.
Ive only been in office since 2007, he said after filing his candidacy papers last week. I served for a small time in the town of Cornelius. I was PTA president eight years ago.
The effort is designed to portray Tillis as the candidate who can deliver results and push back against his label as the establishment candidate.
But it also highlights his start in state politics in 2006 when he ousted a conservative lawmaker in a GOP primary a campaign under renewed scrutiny from some conservative activists, a population key to the primary and one that is skeptical of Tillis.
He challenged a sitting Republican in the primary, said Sharon Hudson, a tea party activist now seeking the same seat representing House District 98. People have not forgotten that.
Tillis is the lone state lawmaker in a heap of eight Republican contenders vying to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan. And his campaign is backed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Republican strategist Karl Rove.
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Mitch and Karl are for Thom Tillis!
Greg Brannon for Senate!
He challenged a sitting Republican in the primary,
Shutter. How else do people get into politics? Wait for someone to retire or die. Get over yourself for real.
That's three strikes, right?
She’s saying Tillis defeated a Conservative in the primary and he’s been an establishment guy. We had a problem with a kook & sleazebag here in TN who upset a decent Conservative State Rep and when the GOP got a 1 seat majority in the House, he lied his ass off about supporting the Majority Leader and cut a deal with the Democrat caucus at the last minute to have him serve as a puppet Speaker for the long-serving Democrat tyrant. I’m not saying Tillis is as bad as Kent Williams (the man I mentioned above), but he’s not the Conservative Tea Party choice for Senator. The last thing the Senate needs is another damnable establishment RINO.
Yup. Tokyo Rove is bad enough, the rest is just the whipped cream and cherry on top.
Do you mean Karl Marx?
“Tillis . . . is backed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Republican strategist Karl Rove.”
And Brannon has been endorsed by Sen. Mike Lee, Rand Paul, FreedomWorks PAC, Erick Erickson, and author Ann Coulter.
You are known by the company you keep.